From THE MILEHIVE:
Asked what efforts he’s undertaking to include minorities in the Republican Party, Michael Steele, the party’s new chairman, replies, “My plan is to say, ‘Y’all come, because a lot of you are already here.'” He adds laughing, “I got the fried chicken and potato salad, OK.”
Seriously, Steele, the first African American chairman of the national GOP adds, “the goal of this party has been, from its inception, about inclusion.”
Steele made the remarks in Illinois on July 8 to citizen journalist Cameron Cowan, a contributor to MileHive.com, a sister site to dscriber.com.
While they’re chowing down on drumsticks and mayonnaise-drenched taters, Michael Phathead Steele, you can regale them with tales of the modern, inclusive Rethuglican party. For example, that adorable curmudgeon, Uncle Pat Buchanan. From Buchanan.org, March 21, 2008:
[…] America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.
Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants.
Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?
I can read the love between every line! I don’t know if the country can handle so much inclusion!
Let’s remember, though, that Uncle Pat’s not an elected official. Little Jeffy Beauregard Sessions is! I bet he’s oozing with love for his African-American brothers and sisters! From the Atlantic :
There is perhaps no one who knows the cost of “selective empathy” better than Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. It’s the reason his own nomination to the federal court died in the Senate 23 years ago.
Long before the Belizean Grove found its groove, Sessions was on the stand himself, defending his nomination against claims that he practiced a form of “selective empathy” as old as the United States itself: the kind where white men can only find compassion for other white men. Accusations of racial insensitivity and prejudice dominated the 1986 hearings.
At the hearing, witnesses testified that Sessions had referred to the NAACP and the ACLU as “un-American,” called a black assistant U.S. attorney “boy,” and made flattering remarks about the Ku Klux Klan during an investigation about a lynching. Sessions denied the charges that he was racist, said that he was “one of the good guys,” and argued that his comments were made in jest.
Of course it was in jest! You’re hilarious, Little Jeffy Beauregard!
The committee killed his nomination. But it didn’t end there. Sessions went on to become an attorney general in Alabama, where his agenda continued to attract controversy for its racial preoccupations.
In 2002, The New Republic profiled Sessions in a story entitled, “The Senator Who’s Worse Than Trent Lott.” The piece was damning, especially in its telling of Sessions’s failed prosecution of three civil rights workers for voter fraud in Alabama.
“The year before his nomination to federal court, he had unsuccessfully prosecuted three civil rights workers–including Albert Turner, a former aide to Martin Luther King Jr.–on a tenuous case of voter fraud. The three had been working in the ‘Black Belt’ counties of Alabama, which, after years of voting white, had begun to swing toward black candidates as voter registration drives brought in more black voters. Sessions’ focus on these counties to the exclusion of others caused an uproar among civil rights leaders, especially after hours of interrogating black absentee voters produced only 14 allegedly tampered ballots out of more than 1.7 million cast in the state in the 1984 election.”
I bet that was all just in jest, too, Little Jeffy Beauregard! In fact, I bet you want to change the name of your state to Alobama to show how inclusive you really are! Now sit down, and have some well-earned fried chicken and potato salad. Hey, Phathead! How about some motherfuckin’ iced tea over here?
Not only are Rethuglicans super-inclusive when it comes to welcoming minorities to their party, there are some who can’t sleep nights, thinking that some of them might never have been born! From THE HUFFINGTON POST:
Arguing to restrict the public funding of abortions within the District of Columbia, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kans.) suggested on Thursday afternoon that if such “financial incentives” were available some 47 years ago, President Barack Obama himself may never have been born.
“If you think of it in human terms, there is a financial incentive that will be put in place, paid for by tax dollars, that will encourage women who are — single parents, living below the poverty level, to have the opportunity for a free abortion,” said Tiahrt. “If you take that scenario and apply it to many of the great minds we have today, who would we have been deprived of? Our president grew up in a similar circumstance.”
“If that financial incentive was in place, is it possible that his mother may have taken advantage of it?” Tiahrt asked. “Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice, if those circumstances were in place, is it possible that we would be denied his great mind? The opportunity to have tax-funded abortions, a financial incentive, is something that I think most of us want to oppose in America and it’s certainly deserves a clean up or down vote.”
(video at link)
Oh, Toddy, you put the heart in Tiahrt!
So remember, kids, next time you’re hungry, head on over to Michael Phathead Steele’s House of Chicken N Potato Salad, and order a big bucket of diversity!